A Couple of Books You Should Read

Really, just because you haven’t heard of me, it doesn’t mean I’m floating around in some river. I swear. So don’t worry too much (though I appreciate it if you do). I’ve been up to my neck with stuff to do… and in need of some free time. But I’ve missed my blog for way too long.

Anyways, during those free periods of time I was able to finish reading a couple of very good books. I want to share brief reviews with you in hopes of convincing you of reading them yourself, since I can guarantee you they’ll be of great use if you are a web designer or developer.

Content Strategy for the Web by Kristina Halvorson

I know it took me like forever to finish reading it, but I finally did and I’m very fond of it. This

book is not just about the complexity of the process that content design and selection represents, but also about its importance, starting from the basic concepts revolving around it.

What I personally enjoyed the most was the inclusion of a very important (but also very commonly overlooked or ignored) concept: content auditing. Of course, who would have thought you not only needed to create new and great content, but also review the existing one? You can see why common sense is the least common of all senses. I specially loved what Kristina had to say on the subject.

To summarize, this book presents a whole new, more complete and accurate way of looking at your site’s content. It’s also very engaginly written, with lots of information that won’t bore you or tire you.

Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte

It’s very new and fresh information, and Ethan has a very clear and to-the-point way of sharing the responsive web design philosophy.

Of course it gets technical, with a whole lot of CSS styling information, but it’s fully explained and

detailed, relating everything to a very nice-looking and simple example. It’s the sort of book that doesn’t involve passive reading. I would recommend that you read it and follow along the instructions of the various exercises, for better understanding. Specially the chapter on media queries.

To sum up, I’d say it’s an eye opener in many ways I used to view the development process. But it’s also very clear on not making you biased. Responsive Web Design is not the only solution there is, and this book doesn’t say otherwise. But it does highlight the benefits very neatly.

So? Will you read them? I hope you make plans for them, you won’t regret it!